Regional food security specialist – markets and trade| Southern Africa | 2020

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 21 July 2020
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Job Description

Chemonics seeks a regional food security specialist – markets and trade (RFSS-MT) for the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) 7 – Pillar 1 project. This position can be based anywhere in the region, with preference for Harare, Zimbabwe. FEWS NET is an integrated set of activities funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) intended to provide timely, accurate, evidence-based, and transparent food security early warning information and analysis.

Chemonics implements the FEWS NET Early Warning Team (EWT), a team charged with integrated emergency food insecurity analysis through a Washington-based technical office and more than 20 field offices. The Southern Africa RFSS–MT will work with the Southern Africa Regional Representative (RR), the rest of the regional team, the country teams in the region, and partners to design, execute, and coordinate regional activities in the M&T technical area. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Compile market data including but not limited to staple food prices, exchange rates, consumer price indices, trade flows (formal and informal), crop production, and commodity balance sheet estimates collected in countries monitored by FEWS NET in Southern Africa
  • Enter secondary data into the FEWS NET price database for selected countries
  • Help establish and/or maintain systematic and efficient data collection and management processes among country, regional, and home office staff. Control the quality of data and ensure the timeliness of market data flows from field offices in the region
  • Prepare regional market reports (bi-annual Regional Supply and Market Outlook report, monthly Price Watch report, monthly cross-border trade bulletin) and, as needed, ad hocdecision-support products
  • Gather and analyze market information and draft analytical reports
  • Provide quality assurance for national and regional Price Bulletin reports
  • Monitor and analyze market and policy developments concerning staple food commodities, livestock, cash crops, and other commodities relevant to livelihoods and food security analysis
  • Identify emerging regional market issues and provide input into the analysis of regional and local food security conditions
  • Design and coordinate/execute activities to build and maintain an up-to-date knowledge base and market monitoring plan for food and cash crop commodities, labor, and livestock markets in Southern Africa
  • Knowledge base components may include commodity balance sheets, production and price databases, seasonal monitoring plans, and other products as required
  • Organize and lead monthly technical coordination and work planning conference calls between the Home Office and Regional Office to provide an update on emerging market issues within the region and coordinate on key ongoing or planned activities
  • Lead the regional informal cross-border trade data collection activity that is implemented in collaboration with WFP and other key partners. This includes but is not limited to supervising data processors; coordinating between FEWS NET and other implementing partners; providing training to enumerators, enumerator coordinators, and FEWS NET technical staff; and ensuring data quality


  • Bachelor’s degree in a discipline relevant to the work of FEWS NET, such as economics, agricultural economics, agronomy, nutrition, climatology, anthropology, or social geography is required; advanced university degree (Master’s degree or higher) is desirable
  • At least two years of relevant experience (with PhD), four years of relevant experience (with Master’s degree), or six years of relevant experience (with Bachelor’s degree) is required.
  • Relevant experience includes working on food security information systems, food security analysis, early warning, or other related fields; experience working with UN agencies and/or NGOs is desirable
  • At least three years of relevant regional experience analyzing agricultural markets in Southern Africa is required
  • Previous experience with the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) is preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English is required and working proficiency in French is highly desired
  • Local language skills relevant to Southern Africa are also desirable

Application instructions:

Please visit for the full scope of work and application information for the Southern Africa RFSS-M&T position. Applications will remain open through August 6, 2020. All application materials, including responses to the general information form, CVs, and cover letters, should be provided in English. No telephone inquiries. Chemonics will contact finalists.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

Chemonics International is a leading international development consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. with more than 40 years of experience implementing programs around the world.

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